Phoebe Unwin


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Year 2020
Medium Charcoal on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

I’ve loved working with charcoal to create a series of window drawings – this is one of them. It’s my response to a view from home during the first lockdown. Here I was thinking about weight and containment – the spindly curling legs of a desk appearing to almost hold up the chunky and dense forms of the outside.

About the artist:

Born 1979 Cambridge, Phoebe Unwin lives and works in London.  Graduated from BA Fine Art, Newcastle University (2002); and MFA Slade School of Fine Art (2005).

Unwin's paintings shift between figuration and abstraction creating a personal register of images and marks based on observations and constructs of memory. Using a variety of media, from oil and acrylic paint to pastel and graphite, she emphasises a material relationship with form and colour.

Her work is held in public and private collections including Tate, London; Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia; Arts Council Collection UK; British Council Collection; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Southampton City Art Gallery; The Government Art Collection, UK; and The Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven.

Selected solo exhibitions include Iris, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (2019); Field, Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia (2018); and Pregnant Landscape, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (2018). Selected group exhibitions include Pericolante, Arcade, London and Vortic Online Platform (2020); Le realtà ordinarie, Banca di Bologna (2020); and Cet Elixir, Moly-Sabata Fondation Albert Gleizes, Sablons (2019).

Awards include being shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women Sixth Edition in Collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery (2015); and being awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize from The Leverhulme Trust (2012).

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